Calamaria thanhi ZIEGLER & QUYET, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calamaria thanhi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||G: Thanhs Zwergschlange|
E: Thanh’s reed snake
|Synonym||Calamaria thanhi ZIEGLER & QUYET 2005|
Calamaria thanhi — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Calamaria thanhi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 142
|Distribution||Vietnam (Quang Binh province, Central Truong Son, Annamite mountain range)|
Type locality: adjacent to Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Dan Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 82920, adult female, collected on 16 June 2003 by local people in a limestone cave of primary forest;|
|Comment||Calamaria thanhi is characterized by its dark, iridescent body with four yellowish to beige zigzag shaped bands, light dorsal markings on base and tip of tail, light venter, modified maxillary teeth, large size (455 mm total length), tail tapering gradually to a point, reduction to five dorsal scale rows on tail, 198 ventral scales, 21 divided subcaudals, four supralabials (second and third entering orbit), five infralabials, mental not touching anterior chin shields, three gular scales in midline between posterior chin shields and first ventral, rostral being|
wider than high, paraparietal being surrounded by six shields and scales, and by the absence of a preocular scale.
The new taxon is known only from a single adult female specimen that was collected in a primary limestone forest cave.
|Etymology||Named after Vu Ngoc Thanh, Vietnamese zoologist.|
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